language learning

Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

 The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named “Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English.” The new test, which will cost €39, is meant to assess the reading and listening skills of beginning and intermediate students. Read More

Duolingo adds support for Japanese

 Duolingo, the popular language learning service, today added support for learning Japanese to its iOS app, with support for its Android app coming soon. “This is by far the most requested and highly anticipated course launch in Duolingo’s five-year history,” said Duolingo co-founder and CEO Luis von Ahn in today’s announcement. “No matter what we’d share… Read More

Germany’s Duolingo competitor Babbel sets its sights on the US

 Language learning service Babbel is one of Berlin’s quiet startup success stories. While it was once on the brink of shutting down, today it’s a thriving company with hundreds of employees who work in a sprawling office in the middle of Berlin — and it’s the market leader in large parts of Europe. Unlike competitors like Duolingo, though, Babbel is a paid service. Read More

Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service

 Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps. Subscribers get two benefits: they won’t see ads in the app and they will be able to download lessons for offline use. In addition, there is also a feel-good aspect to this, as Duolingo highlights that subscribers to Duolingo Plus, as the subscription… Read More

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

 A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about USD $900), Musio is now sold online through Softbank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through handful of brick-and-mortars stores. Musio’s parent company, AI venture AKAStudy, is the latest startup… Read More